what am i doing wrong

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by barred rock, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. barred rock

    barred rock In the Brooder

    my 13 week old barred rocks poo is runny what am i doing wrong with their diet
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    you need more info what food. etc free rangeing colore etc.
  3. barred rock

    barred rock In the Brooder

    ive been feeding them scratch feed with things from the garden and the occaisional bread

    the poo is clearish with a brown tint
  4. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Scratch is not feed, its a treat. You need to get them grower feed.
  5. Greyscale Rainbow

    Greyscale Rainbow In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    Bristol, England
    Ditto what Lurky said.

    They should have been on chick crumbs from hatch to around 6-8 weeks, then grower crumbles until 18-21 weeks. After that they need layer pellets or mash.

    What you are doing right now is the equivalent of giving your child chocolate bars and crisps all the time - they may like it, but they won't grow up to be healthy on a diet like that.

    Grower pellets and layers pellets are available at feed stores and the occasional pet shop - I know when I buy grower pellets I don't want to buy 20kg, so I buy it from the pet shop.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2008
  6. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I agree that you need to switch to a good grower/starter or layer feed depending on the ages of your chickens. Follow the directions on the bag as far as when to switch over to what feed - it varies slightly from brand to brand.

    On the other hand, there is a wide range of 'normal' for chicken poop. Sometimes it's firm, othertimes more runny, sometimes brown, sometimes lighter, sometimes really really smelly, sometimes not so bad.

    An occasional runny poop I wouldn't be concerned about at all. It might be some plant they free ranged on that is making the bowels a bit looser.

    What you NEVER want to see is blood in the poop - that would indicate a potential infection or parasite, OR completely watery poop that persists.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I agree with arlee453. My chickens have a wide variety of... secretions, most of which I've stepped in barefoot.

    You'll notice that the colors change depending upon their diet. Right now my girls' poo is very green due to them foraging in the back yard all day.

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